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Re: Nautical Charts BVI's
If I may... the guide book, and the electronic plotter onboard are 90% of what you need.
the 10% the charter company may very well supply you with. Mine did (just came back this week).
Most charts are pretty useless right now... I mean sure they'll tell you what things were like before there were sunken vessels everywhere.
The charter company likely will give you a large laminated chart of the area... mark out places you absolutely can't go (Trellis bay anyone?).. I got pictures to explain why if you need them.
Anyway... Navionics and the $15 annual fee is good... the guidebook is still a go to (every charter company provides one with the boat too), the onboard electronics of course, but frankly ASK the charter company! BYC was actually telling charter skippers when they could make the run to Anegada too (you call for permission they work out the weather window with you). Sea state and winds were up while I was there.
But some examples... Red Rock, in east end tortola... the mooring field is littered with sunken boats, capsized, and parts. Chart/Guidebook says depths are 8 feet, my sounder said 6... I sticked it (with a boat pole) because I didn't believe it, it was 6 feet. My boat (chartered) drew 4.5 feet. Swing over some debris below and it could ruin your vacation...
NOW that being said... the Red Rock Cafe was great, and the marina rebuilt already in front of it. Great people and well worth going to see, you just have to use some common sense.
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